Joe Willock’s Arsenal departure has finally been confirmed with the 21-year-old having joined Newcastle United on a permanent deal.
The midfielder had been linked with a switch back to St. James’ Park all summer having impressed on-loan with the Magpies last summer.
He scored eight goals in 14 games, with Steve Bruce keen on bringing him back to the club on an extended basis.
football.london revealed that a fee had finally been agreed between Newcastle and the Gunners following extensive negotiations, with the Magpies set to part with £25million for his services.
Willock pens a six-year deal in the north East, drawing to a close 17-year career with Arsenal having joined the club’s youth set-up at the age of four. football.london understands that a sell-on clause has also been slotted into the deal.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce had previously confirmed that the midfielder was in Newcastle undergoing a medical ahead of formalising his transfer and hoped to have Willock available ahead of the weekend’s opening match against West Ham United.
He said: “He’s here, he’s completed his medical.
“There are still a few bits and pieces to be done on that front as we speak now, so we expect him to train this morning.”
“We want to see where he is and where he’s up to,” Bruce continued. “It’s been a hectic few days.
“We have to get him registered by 12pm and we hope we can play him against West Ham.
“Let’s not forget we have him for six years now which is great.”
Willock, who has been at Arsenal since the age of just four, thanked everyone at the club who had helped him, but admitted now was the right time to move on.
“Leaving Arsenal is obviously a big step, and I’d like to thank everyone involved with the club for all their support over the years, but this is the right move to the right club at the right time for me,” he told the Newcastle website.
Willock is the first major outgoing from the Emirates Stadium this summer with a number of fellow Gunners also having uncertain futures in north London.
Granit Xhaka saw a switch to AS Roma fall through, whilst the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Hector Bellerin and Bernd Leno have all been linked with moves away from the club.
Source by Football London